• England v West Indies, 2nd ODI, The Oval

Darren Bravo forced home with injury

Nagraj Gollapudi at The Oval
June 18, 2012
Darren Bravo had returned to form with a hundred against Middlesex before his injury © Getty Images

Darren Bravo, the West Indies' batsman, has returned home following the groin strain which he picked up during the first one-day international. Meanwhile, there remain doubts over the fitness of Chris Gayle, who has been sent for a scan on his foot injury, along with Andre Russell who also missed training at The Oval.

Gayle had picked up a stress reaction in the bone on his left foot during the warm-up match last Wednesday against Middlesex at Lord's, while Russell injured his left shoulder in the defeat at West End on Saturday. A West Indies team spokesman said both players had been sent for precautionary scans with the outcome expected later in the day.

It is understood that in Gayle's case, the West Indies physio CJ Clark just wanted a scan to allay any further fears and the batsman is expected to take field on Tuesday, but the situation could change if the scans reveal anything untoward. In the absence of Bravo, West Indies will hope Gayle returns strengthen the top order following the heavy 114-run defeat in the opening match.

With the updated ICC regulations not allowing a runner, Bravo walked in at No. 9 in the first ODI and could barely run as he managed 8 towards the end of the match. He was the second West Indies player to pick an injury during the game as Russell later slipped while turning for a second run early in his innings. Russell had already had a forgetful day going wicketless in his six expensive overs which went for 43 runs.

During the Test series Shannon Gabriel (back) and Kemar Roach (shin) were forced out of the tour.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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